Wichita County Indians
Wells captures four golds at HPL track meet
By BRETT MARSHALL
CIMARRON — In a spring track season that has seen few days of good weather, the Hi-Plains League track meet on Friday held true to the wild and wacky weather that has plagued southwest Kansas in the last two months.
With the sun out, and cool temperatures, high wind hampered the meet throughout the day.
Meade's boys ran away with the team title, scoring 136 points to runner-up Cimarron's 85.5 while Southwestern Heights' girls just nudged out Wichita County, 89-88, in a battle that was decided on the final race of the night when Heights finished third in the 4x400-meter relay while the Lady Indians didn't field a team.
"It's disappointing to be so close, but we had a very good day and many personal bests today, so we're very happy," said Wichita County's coach Janee Porter. "It gives us something to build on for next week's regional (Class 2A at Greensburg)."
Highlighting the Lady Indians' effort was sophomore distance runner Paige Wells, who brought home four gold medals. Three of those were individually won as she captured the 800 (2:35.68), the 1,600 (5:49.18) and the 3,200 (a personal best of 12:26.67). She also ran a leg on the winning 4x800 relay team.
"I felt surprisingly good for running all the races," Wells said. "That last mile I just went with it and coach had told me to go out and see how I felt. And I felt good."
Satanta's Stephanie Caro was one of three other double gold winners in the girls division. The senior sprinter captured both the 100 (12.49) and 200 (26.46).
"It feels great to win, but I'm really having trouble with the blocks," Caro said. "We just changed my position after watching a video, trying to get my rear up higher, which will get me out of the blocks lower, which is what you want to do."
Caro said it was difficult for her to make that adjustment in just a day, so she hopes that it will improve at next week's Class 1A regional at Pretty Prairie.
"I usually have been able to catch up in the middle part and the finish of the race after my starts," Caro said. "But if I can improve that first part, it will be fun to see what my times will be."
Lakin's Allie Jones and Cimarron's Lindsay Wehkamp also captured a pair of titles.
Jones garnered firsts in the 100-meter hurdles (15.86) and 300-meter hurdles (48.64), both marks were just off her season bests. Wehkamp, meanwhile, claimed two wins in the high jump (5-0) and long jump (16-7).
Stanton County's Rachelle Folger had one of the top performances for the girls when she cleared 9-6 in the pole vault. Heights' Heidi Brown won two events — the javelin with a toss of 142-11 and the discus with a heave of 124-7.
On the boys side, Lakin's Colby Hamel remained unbeaten in his specialty, the shot put, with a mark of 51-0, just off his best of 51-9.
"It was just a strange day with the shot put," Hamel said. "The way I was holding the ball early, I had problems. I think I threw 52 and a half to 53 with a scratch once. I'm not sure what was going on with the ball today."
While he remains well back of the school record of 55-1, Hamel is looking forward to moving closer to that mark with regional and then state meets upcoming.
"I'm building the adrenaline for those two meets," Hamel said. "I had all of my best marks at the state last year. That's what I'm shooting for. I've just got to get my legs right because I've got the upper body working good right now."
Stanton County's Johnathan Carrasco, had a season best triple jump at 43-8.25 but was far from satisfied.
"I got off to a good start this season and then things just got worse," Carrasco said. "It was just one of those days. I'm happy but I know I can do better. If I had the second phase of the jump down, I'd be doing much better. I'm not as close to being where I want, but I feel like I'll get it."
Cimarron's Tyler White captured the discus (147-10) while Syracuse's Kyle Dupree cleared 12-6 to win the pole vault and Cimarron's Kyle LeRock went 6-6 to win his high jump event. Joseph McCombs of Lakin took the 300-meter hurdles (41.48) while Joshua Mehl of Wichita County won the 1,600-meters with a time of 4:47.99.
Host Cimarron's Ted Boersma ran a 2:07.19 to win the 800-meters.
Meade won seven events en route to the boys championship and Heights claimed five.
See results in Scoreboard, Page D2.
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